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So it is SAP TechED time and at Visual BI we are always looking for new options and innovations and after we looked at the Amazon Echo product started working on an integration of SAP BusinessObjects Design Studio in combination with Amazon Echo.


Why ? Well, first of all we think its pretty cool if you can talk to your dashboard instead of clicking and we can see a lot potential and use cases for this technology.


So without going into many details, I will share the video here but would also like to say a big Thank you to my colleagues Devaraj and Nithyanandam for making this happen in such a short period of time.





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  1. Sam Sandhu

    This is really great! I’m a big fan of the Echo and I’m just getting started with Design Studio.

    Any details you could share on how this was setup would be greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Sam

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    1. Martin Pankraz

      Hi Sam,

      You would need to look into the Alexa Skills Kit https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-skills-kit to setup the possible interactions with your dashboard and define responses from Alexa which in turn trigger functions on Design Studio. Ideally you define the skill in a generalized analytics-ready way so that this skill can be reused by others for other purposes than your dashboard.

      To work with Alexa’s RESTful answers I would suggest to look into our community SDK repository component called Response Parser. Unfortunately the blog entry describing it is not yet online on the new SAP community.

      Installation instructions on Design Studio for our SDK repos can be found
      here: https://blogs.sap.com/2014/12/10/scn-design-studio-sdk-development-community/

      For actually running an example you can use either the Alexa testing portal or an Alexa enabled device such as Amazon Echo. The first smartphone apps are also starting to pop up. Another more complex approach would be to implement your own smartphone app using Alexa Voice Service https://developer.amazon.com/alexa-voice-service

      I’d say to get an example up and running like Ingo’s guys you will need some coding skills and understanding for RESTful APIs. This is not rocket science though.

      Let me know what you think

      Kind regards
      Martin

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        1. Martin Pankraz

          Hi Nikolaus,

           

          Actually there was a blog entry but unfortunately it was not migrated from SCN. The community blogs are listed here: https://blogs.sap.com/2015/12/22/scn-design-studio-16-sdk-components-ver-30/

          I am using it myself to do web service calls. In case you are familiar with ajax requests and the REST architecture you will find your way around it nevertheless.

          @karol.kalisz:Do you still have the blog entry so Nikolaus can have a look? Maybe you can re-post?

           

          Kind regards

          Martin

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